Adam Schmitz CHARLOTTE - Adam Peter Schmitz of Charlotte passed away peacefully on November 16, 2013, after a fierce and fearless battle with brain cancer. Adam was born on February 23, 1966 in Bryn Mawr, PA. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his huge heart, his joie de vivre, his boundless creativity and his love of all things baseball. His life was memorialized at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on November 20. Adam graduated from Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, IL , and Knox College in Galesburg, IL. He spent his junior year in Besancon, France where he became fluent in French and an unreconstructed Francophile. After graduating from Knox, he returned to France to further immerse himself in French culture. Afterwards Adam enrolled in the Master of Film and Television program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. There he met his wife Wooten Lee and embarked on a career as a screenwriter and story developer for film and television. He was most proud of his work on the story for the popular Disney Studios film, "The Tigger Movie." After the birth of their first child, Adam and Wooten moved to Charlotte where they opened the retail store The Milky Way, which became his life's work thereafter. Adam's love of the Chicago Cubs was legend among his friends and one of his great disappointments was not seeing the Cubbies win the World Series in his lifetime. He was a devoted baseball dad and coached Zeke's baseball teams at Myers Park Trinity Little League for many seasons. He was often told by grateful parents that "Coach Adam's" love of the game turned many an apathetic tee-baller into a dedicated ball player. Alternative music was another lifetime interest. From middle school until the last days of his life, he cultivated a wide-ranging and sophisticated knowledge of music, which he shared with friends and acquaintances around the world. But Adam's great passion was his family. His wife and children, Zeke and Josephine, were the center of his universe and he, theirs. He is also survived by his devoted parents, Peter and Paula Schmitz formerly of Columbia, MO, now of Charlotte; his sister Jennifer Schmitz Salaz, brother-in-law Michael Salaz, nephew Aaron Salaz and nieces Amelia and Scarlett Salaz, all formerly of Ft. Collins, CO, now of Charlotte. His family wishes to thank the staff of the Levine Cancer Institute for their devoted care and kindness during his illness. They also wish to express their eternal gratitude for the tender care he and his loved ones received in his final days at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Donations may be made in his name to Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078; to Wind River Cancer Retreats, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782; or to the Adam Schmitz Memorial Fund c/o Betsy Gantt, 3700 Merrifield Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 27, 2013.